Climate campaigners chain themselves to jet at London City airport
to disrupt private jet flights at London City airport by locking themselves to
jet at the airport on Wednesday morning.
to protest at the “selfishness of private jet use”.
had yet been arrested.
to a secure area of Stansted Airport and forced the closure of the runway, resulting
in four people being arrested.
of Stansted Airport with a second runway.
Mandelson, the Business Secretary, throwing green custard in his face.
like green soup or something in my face that she failed to tell me what the protest
was about but, as you can see, thankfully is wasn’t paint and I’ve come through
a very serious point. All of our MPs have let us down.”
A total of 27 local and regional airports around the UK are currently seeking
to expand their activities.
London City Airport recently received local authority permission to expand its
commercial flights from 80,000 to 120,000. The airport aims to increase this
total to 170,000 by 2030.
Activists targeted London City Airport because it is one of the key drivers of
the private jet business. The airport currently sees an average of 170 movements
(take-offs and landings) per week. The airport’s Jet Centre predicts this figure
will increase to more than 530 a week by 2030.
London City Airport was closed at the time of the eco-takeover. Security was
given two hours’ warning before the first flights of the day.
The airport’s Jet Centre comprises a mixture of privately-owned jets and a for-hire
business jet operation run by PrivateJet.
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airport by locking themselves to an aircraft.
attaching themselves to the wheel of the jet at London City Airport.
the “selfishness of private jet use”.
and criminal damage.
that the climate change activists feel in getting their voices, and concerns heard
on aviation expansion, and how aviation is one of the fastest growing sources
of CO2 emissions.
non violent direct action because the system is failing people of their democratic
rights to protect their communities, futures and their environment from harmful
‘runaway’ airport and flight expansion.
by the increasing excessive noise levels from London City Airport upon expansion,
and yet less than 10,000 were claimed to have been consulted by the London Borough
of Newham. Most will not be entitled to any noise insulation. They will have
to live with the consequences every day of their lives, each time a flight takes
off and lands. The majority do not have the option to move, and many lived in
the area long before the airport’s creation.
residents out of the 406 directly employed staff the airport claim to employ.
by the Metropolitan Police over the past 5 years, which the airport refuse to
by 50% and was termed as ‘toxic’ but this was not acknowledged by the London Borough
of Newham. In a borough which has the highest level of mortality in under 30s
with asthma in the whole country, Newham should be focussing on improving air
quality, not adding to the pollution by approving further expansion at this residentially
situated airport in the most densely populated area of England.
London Borough of Newham when providing evidence against the expansion. Requests
for a public inquiry into the planned 50% expansion of flights at London City
Airport was refused by Hazel Blears, Secretary of State in 2008, whilst the London
Borough of Newham showed no concern that 100s of homes in Greenwich will now be
in the crash zone and failed to address the risk to residents and communities
who live, work or travel through the crash zone in both Newham and Greenwich.
to the aviation industry at the expense of the communities: this is expansion
at any cost.
on third party safety, increasing pollution levels, the effect on residents’ health
and children’s development, and the contribution to climate change, it is no wonder
that we are seeing actions such as this more frequently.